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Patch landscape size effects on functional and phylogenetic diversity thresholds for Atlantic Forest small mammals

Grant number: 14/18800-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): January 18, 2015
Effective date (End): October 27, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Mauro Galetti Rodrigues
Grantee:Ricardo Siqueira Bovendorp
Supervisor abroad: Robert A. McCleery
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Florida, Gainesville (UF), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/25441-0 - Changes in functional and phylogenetic diversity of small mammals in defaunated Atlantic Forest landscapes, BP.PD


Despite conservation efforts, the biodiversity loss is happening rapidly at regional and global scales, especially in biodiversity hotspots, like the Atlantic Forest. These loses have been attributed to increasing of disturbances, such as species overexploitation, fragmentation, destruction of habitats, invasion by alien species and the removal of large mammals. Small mammals can often be overlooked but play an important role in forest dynamics and they are good indicators of both local and landscape changes. Several conceptual models have suggested that the fragmentation and habitat loss will trigger lack habitat specialist and increase habitat generalist species of non-volant small mammals. Research suggests indicates that changes in the functional and phylogenetic diversity in different organisms are of highest importance for better understanding of: (a) the density and richness, (b) community compositions, and (c) the functions performed by the species in response fragmentation. Our goal for this study is to determine if the functional and phylogenetic diversity of small mammals can be explained by patch landscape size and if this relationship is linear or have critical thresholds. Thus, permitting to indicate priority areas for conservation based on the amount of ecological functions that the forest remnants still retain. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BOVENDORP, RICARDO S.; BRUM, FERNANDA T.; MCCLEERY, ROBERT A.; BAISER, BENJAMIN; LOYOLA, RAFAEL; CIANCIARUSO, MARCUS V.; GALETTI, MAURO. Defaunation and fragmentation erode small mammal diversity dimensions in tropical forests. ECOGRAPHY, v. 42, n. 1, SI, p. 23-35, JAN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
BOVENDORP, RICARDO S.; MCCLEERY, ROBERT A.; GALETTI, MAURO. Optimising sampling methods for small mammal communities in Neotropical rainforests. MAMMAL REVIEW, v. 47, n. 2, p. 148-158, APR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 8.

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